9) Only through a very particular and not especially plausible negotiation of the uneasy relationship between their moral theory and their policy prescriptions can Harris and Savulescu obscure the fact that the gap between the new and the old eugenics
is not that large at all, and that their philosophies have implications that most people would find profoundly unattractive.
Forced sterilization of over 60,000 genetically "deficient" Americans in the early 20th century and the horrors of Nazi death camps are extreme examples of the old eugenics
It must also be remembered that in a contrived and indirect way, "the old eugenics
movement, [which] actually began in England [but] was led [almost assuredly and solely] by Americans," (16) was nothing really to be proud of, because it was vulgar in its respective renditions, and deadly in its execution and consequences.
Deadly Medicine ends on a similarly vigilant note by drawing attention to continuities between the old eugenics
and new genetics.
Lynn also adheres to the old eugenics
of crude IQ testing from the 1920s, quoting Lewis Terman: "`The children of successful and cultivated parents test higher than children from wretched and ignorant homes for the simple reason that their heredity is better.